With the weather holding up the snowy curtains, visibility on West Central highways is limited.
If you are out and about today in town, make sure to drive with caution as the loose, powdery snow can make ice difficult to spot, and harder yet to stop on.
David Horth, director of communications for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways, cautions any travel at all on highways as they are.
"We're getting reports of icy or slippery sections, and we're also seeing that the visibility is poor," said Horth. "Winds are gusting to about 50 kilometres per hour and there's some snow coming with it, so that's kind of a prime situation where it can be really difficult to see what's going on."
When the visibility is less than 200 metres on highways, the Ministry of Highways stops sending out crews.
"Our crews are really good at what they do, but we're not really a match for nature when it's when it's hitting us in the face," said Horth. "As soon as the weather system stops, we'll have the roads in tiptop shape in pretty short order."
Safety is paramount, with the professionals not willing to take that risk. If they aren't, neither should anyone else.
"You have to recognize that driving conditions can change rapidly, and quite honestly when the weather is poor, the safest place to be is at home or at the office," said Horth. "If you can put off travel and maybe have that meeting via Skype or Zoom, consider those other options as well."
Make sure if you do travel to check the Highway Hotline and consider downloading their app. Checking roads and plotting routes around the bulk of the trouble is worth the extra mileage, as it can prevent folks from getting stuck in the snow. Keep blankets in the vehicles, as well as water and snacks. In the event that someone gets stuck, it's best to remain in the vehicle instead of braving the conditions.